First attempt at Cornflake cakes this Easter and they did not last very long, will definitely be making these again. Fun and easy, no baking required and recommended for children! Recipe will be posted soon.
Preparing for the fridge!
Quick picture before they were all gone!
…using Roll out Icing and also decorating a cake!
To try to improve and gain confidence / skill with baking cakes, I’ve decided to make it a routine on relatives birthdays to bake something new. So here is my first attempt for my sisters 30th, a simple sponge cake covered with icing and Strawberry Jam in the middle. It tasted great!
This weekend I delved into recipes online once again and decided to try cooking Lemon and Coconut Cakes. I’ll link back to the recipe at the end of my post.
The method was straight forward and easy, I’d recommend this to anyone that loves lemon and coconut. I added a little more coconut and lemon than listed below as a few reviews indicated that it was quite bland despite having an average of 4/5 stars by 90ish members! It was delicious and something that i’d definitely bake again!
Coconut & Lemon Cake straight out of the oven
Lemon & Coconut square bites.
I’d love to hear from any more experienced bakers than myself – I cooked the cake, it tasted lovely however I was disappointed the outer edge had started to burn ever so slightly, the outside of the cake had cooked more than the centre even though it tasted perfect. Could this be because I was using a top oven? Any comments / suggestions are appreciated to help improve my baking!!
- 250g butter
- 430g (2 cups) caster sugar
- 4 eggs
- 225g (1 1/2 cups) plain flour
- 85g (1 cup) desiccated coconut
- 3 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
- 60ml (1/4 cup) fresh lemon juice
- Icing sugar, to dust
This weekend I decided to have a little baking session, my fathers birthday was on the Sunday and I was undecided on what kind of cake I should make whether it be a traditional sponge, or perhaps try something new. After browsing the recipes on Sainsbury’s and showing him a couple, I decided on baking a Chocolate and Orange Tray Bake which I had never attempted before. I’m a pretty amateur baker and I’d like to get a lot better, so I’m really pleased with how well this tasted! I’ve included a link for the original recipe below, I will admit I did not buy all my ingredients from Sainbury’s as I couldn’t find them all while I was in there, so the rest were purchased from Tesco.
All in all, the cake turned out extremely well, cooking it longer meant it had a more crispy base which complimented the texture, the sponge was soft and fluffy with a flavour of orange and chocolate, the topping was perfect and the orange was more prominent. I’d recommend sprinkling the chocolate on top and putting the zest in the icing so long as chopped very finely =)
OK, So once you have all of the above the guide is as follows. I’ve listed my comments next to these as I made a few alterations. (some inadvertent)
- 1)Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas 4. Grease and line a 25-30cm x 20cm tin with baking paper. (I did this, but I’d recommend not to preheat so early if you aren’t an experienced cook, as it took me longer than 20 minutes to prepare!)
- 2)Put the sugar, margarine, flour, eggs, orange zest and juice into a large mixing bowl. Use an electric whisk. (I beat the eggs in a separate bowl before including them in the mixture. While it is important to measure the ingredients, which I did, I added a little extra Orange Juice into the mixture towards the end as I really wanted to taste the flavour. I also learnt how to zest an Orange for the first time, I’ll include a handy tutorial link at the end of this thread.)
- 3)Fold in the chopped chocolate and spoon into the lined tin. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes– if the cake starts to colour too quickly, cover with foil. Leave to cool in the tin. (I put the foil on top after 10 minutes as I was worried the cake was changing colour too quickly, if you do this I’d recommend to double check the foil is tightly covering the top, as mine wasn’t and I ended up peeling it away from the cake and cooking longer than needed! This did result in my edges being cooked slightly more than the centre, but this did not effect the taste too much, except a little more crunchiness at the bottom which was liked.)
- P.S The holes are from the knife… please ignore!
- 4)For the icing, sift the icing sugar and cocoa into a bowl and mix well, then mix in enough of the orange juice to form a thickish but pourable paste – you’ll need about 4-5 tablespoon of juice. Spread the icing over the cooled cake using a palette knife. (I personally needed about 7 or 8 tablespoons of juice, but just add as you mix, the chocolate tasted perfect.)
- 5)Sprinkle over the orange zest. Grate the extra chocolate on top and cut into 24 squares to serve.(I messed up…I included the orange zest in with the icing! … Not to worry, It tasted great, I grated some more chocolate and sprinkled on top! I cut into small squares and fingers in the end, tastes good in small bites, you can easily get 24 small squares.)
Chocolate and Orange Tray Bake!
I hope your recipe tastes as great as mine, if I can cook it I’m sure you can 😉
Reference – Recipe on Sainbury’s website. http://www.sainsburysmagazine.co.uk/recipes/baking/tray-bakes-and-slices/item/chocolate-and-orange-traybake